True As Steel – 1986

THE WARLOCK FIGHTS FOR ROCK In 1986 Germany’s Warlock issued their third album called True As Steel.  This record brought some interest from North America for the band on the strength of the Fight For Rock single.  My personal journey with Warlock started with the big hit All We Are from the next and last album, Triumph & Agony.  In those days the only way we would get new music was through rifling through my friend’s older brother’s…

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BLACK SABBATH featuring TONY IOMMI – Seventh Star (1986)

         About eleven years ago when I was living in Long Island City, Queens, New York, not far from the former site of the Coventry where Kiss played some of their earliest gigs, I overheard my wife on the phone with her mother. Apparently the night before my mother-in-law had gone to see a man speak who had claimed to have once been the lead singer of Black Sabbath but had come…

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Gettin Nasty Nasty in 1986

Rewind everyone to 1986! Metal was everywhere. Turn on the radio and you’d get blasted with the latest singles by Motley Crue, Whitesnake, David Lee Roth (now solo) and Van Halen (or was that Van Hagar!). MTV and Canada’s Much Music played an endless amount of Poison, Wasp, Ratt and Def Leppard. Life was good for a sixteen year old headbanger like myself. As is always the case, when something becomes popular and makes people…

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Look What the Cat Dragged In in 1986

  What do you get when you cross four hot ROCKIN guys who wear blush and lipstick better than a 15year old girl on a Friday night? POISON!  In 1986, when Poison bust on the scene, the scene wasn’t ready for them, but damn it the scene got ready. Poison’s line up at that time (Bret Michaels-lead singer, C.C. DeVille-guitar, Bobby Dall-bass and Rikki Rockett-drums) came out with pure raw aggression, and ALOT of MAKE UP. Their…

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Night Songs takes Cinderella to the Ball – 1986

I vividly remember the first time I heard Cinderella. Up here in Canada we had a show called Toronto Rocks, a one hour music video show that aired every day at 4pm. On Wednesday’s it was “Midweek Metal Mania” and since I was usually at my after school job during this time, I would have our Sony Betamax (yeah my Dad still insisted it was better than VHS) programmed to record each and every Wednesday…

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Bon Jovi WAS a Metal Band – 1986

Since I am old fart, or so my Daughter likes to remind me, I remember a time very long ago. A time when Bon Jovi was actually a metal band! Now I know this comment is open to all kinds of argument and debate but lets look back at the facts. When they came out in the 80’s, Bon Jovi had all the accouterments in place. Long hair, aquanet hair spay, spandex, leather, loud distorted…

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Now Hear This: The "Runaway Train" guys!?

     1986 was a pretty good year for rock and roll. Two of my favorite bands of the era, Cinderella and Tesla, released their debut albums. Ratt more than redeemed themselves with their excellent third album Dancing Undercover after what I thought was a disappointing follow up to the amazing Out of the Cellar. Metallica crashed the Billboard charts with Master of Puppets. Metal went Hollywood with AC/DC’s soundtrack to Maximum Overdrive and Fastway’s…

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Vinnie Vincent Invades in 1986

The year is 1986. With it came the first significant solo record from an ex KISS member (Ace would wait a further year till he released Frehley’s Comet in ’87 and did anybody actually like anything by Peter Criss?). Depending on who you believe KISS either fired Vinnie Vincent yet again or he walked. It seems likely the truth will never be known, but here in hard proof was the result of what someone from…

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Hardroad with Russ "Dwarf" Graham

Many of you are probably aware that I originally discovered the Decibel Geek Podcast while doing a google search on Russ Dwarf after catching one of his local shows up here in Toronto. I was looking to read some reviews on the show and stumbled across his interview with Chris and AAron. So I guess you could say that Russ is somewhat responsible for setting me on the path of rock and roll journalism. So…

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John Corabi, UNPLUGGED

I remember the “Unplugged” craze of the early to mid 90’s. MTV were jumping on every band with even the slightest commercial success and Unplugged albums and videos were popping up everywhere. Some of these acoustic “experiments” worked very well (see Tesla’s Five Man Acoustical Jam), others let’s just say crashed and burned BAD! There is something to be said when a great singer/songwriter sits down with an acoustic guitar and bares his/her soul. Magic…

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